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Swimming - 22. May 2007.

ASA LICENSING SCHEME REACHES 1,000 MILESTONE


22nd May 2007

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has now registered over 1,000 teachers and coaches under its Teacher/Coaches Licensing Scheme in just five months.

Launched in January 2007, the scheme meets new Government guidelines for enhancing the status and quality of teachers and coaches. Valid for a period of three years, licensees are required to keep up-to-date with the latest teaching and coaching practises.

The scheme provides a framework for continuous development and improves levels of child safety through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

The 1,000th teacher to join the scheme is Julie Legg. A swimming teacher at Thamesmere Swimming Pool, Julie has been teaching for 15 years and believes the Teacher/Coach Licensing Scheme has helped to improve the standard of swimming teaching in the UK.

"I am really pleased to have been the 1,000th teacher to have registered with the new scheme," said Julie. "For the ASA to have reached this figure quite early on in the scheme is quite an achievement and shows the career of a swimming teacher is becoming more professional."

"The scheme has been really useful for myself and my colleagues, it allows us to keep up to date on the latest teaching practises. I do think that every teacher should be registered on the scheme as it has raised the standard of swimming teaching in the UK."

ASA Examinations Officer Jane Saddington is pleased with how well the scheme has worked in its first five months but is looking for further development of the scheme in the future.

"When we launched the scheme in January it was quite slow to become popular amongst teachers," explained Jane, "but having reached the 1,000 mark in such a short space of time shows just how well it has been received and we're very happy.

"The popularity of the scheme is increasing and I think swimming teachers are now realising how important it is for the industry to belicensed."

"I think that now leisure providers are also recognising how important it is to hire licensed teachers and this can only improve the standard of swimming teaching across the country."

-ENDS-

For more information contact ASA Media Assistant Gemma Field on 01509 632262, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org
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